US trade (export - import) with Nepal in 2015

Published or Updated: Feb 28, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Nepal in 2015: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Nepal

In 2015, US trade with Nepal was $128.5 million, down 0.02% ($0.0 million) from 2014.

US exports to Nepal in 2015 totaled $36.5 million, up 0.57% ($0.2 million) from 2014.

US imports from Nepal in 2015 were $92.1 million, down 0.25% ($0.2 million) from 2014.

US trade deficit with Nepal in 2015 was $55.6 million, a 0.77% decrease ($0.4 million) over 2014.

Nepal was the US 155th largest trading partner in 2015 (up from 156th in 2014), accounting for 0.0034% of US total trade (up from 0.0032% in 2014).

Nepal was the US 167th largest export market in 2015 (up from 171st in 2014), accounting for 0.0024% of US total exports (up from 0.0022% in 2014).

Nepal was the US 127th largest supplier in 2015 (down from 125th in 2014), accounting for 0.0040% of US total imports (up from 0.0038% in 2014).

US Exports to Nepal

The major share of US exports to Nepal in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 48.37% of US total exports to Nepal (43.73% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.30% of US total exports to Nepal (4.89% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.68% of US total exports to Nepal (7.57% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.68% of US total exports to Nepal (11.45% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.50% of US total exports to Nepal (16.81% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Nepal in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $8,408.6 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $1,140.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $942.2 thousand;
  • Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings (HS code 94) - an increase of $787.7 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $749.3 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $442.3 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $389.7 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $373.5 thousand;
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 05) - an increase of $155.4 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Nepal in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $5,851.1 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $3,810.3 thousand;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - a decrease of $586.2 thousand;
  • Live animals (HS code 01) - a decrease of $557.0 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $529.8 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $229.9 thousand;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - a decrease of $183.5 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $156.1 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $142.6 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $122.1 thousand.
US exports to Nepal in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
01 Live animals 0.0 0.00 557.0-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0.0 0.00 49.0-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 16.3 0.04 158.9-89.77
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 222.5 0.61 67.1231.47
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0.0 0.00 23.3-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 187.8 0.51 183.82.21
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 209.2 0.57 439.0-52.35
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 14.6-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 129.1 0.35 200.8-35.67
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 83.7 0.23 142.1-41.09
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4.2 0.01 126.3-96.69
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 529.8-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 111.8 0.31 136.3-17.95
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 58.1-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 14.4 0.04 58.2-75.26
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 125.7 0.34 31.6297.28
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3.4 0.01 2.821.36
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4.4 0.01 81.3-94.58
29 Organic chemicals 72.7 0.20 107.4-32.29
30 Pharmaceutical products 501.9 1.38 658.0-23.73
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 33.5-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 60.1 0.16 151.4-60.32
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 190.9 0.52 177.87.37
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 15.9 0.04 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 31.1 0.09 12.0160.19
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 364.9 1.00 359.31.56
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,282.2 3.51 141.5805.96
40 Rubber and articles thereof 139.2 0.38 51.4170.73
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 33.3 0.09 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 123.0 0.34 114.07.87
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 105.3 0.29 93.812.26
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 27.4 0.08 79.4-65.48
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 22.0 0.06 8.4163.69
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 98.1 0.27 113.4-13.51
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 3,810.3-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 9.8 0.03 14.6-33.29
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 20.0 0.05 52.4-61.82
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 12.4 0.03 10.122.81
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 21.7 0.06 21.70.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 23.4 0.06 115.8-79.75
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18.2 0.05 36.3-49.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 487.0 1.34 44.7990.12
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 15.6 0.04 42.7-63.49
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3.3 0.01 6.2-46.93
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 45.7-100.00
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 16.3-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 4.5 0.01 104.6-95.69
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 62.3 0.17 245.7-74.66
72 Iron and steel 29.6 0.08 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 15.4 0.04 5,866.5-99.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 70.8-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 16.6 0.05 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 77.4 0.21 100.7-23.15
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 8.0 0.02 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 22.6 0.06 27.0-16.20
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 14.1 0.04 30.6-54.10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,800.9 10.42 2,858.732.96
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 4,102.2 11.25 4,688.4-12.50
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16.2 0.04 100.8-83.97
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 4,130.7 11.32 3,757.29.94
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 532.4 1.46 142.7273.10
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,063.4 13.88 4,314.117.37
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 5.7 0.02 109.7-94.76
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 18.5-100.00
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 985.0 2.70 197.3399.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 79.8 0.22 130.2-38.74
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 25.2 0.07 39.1-35.59
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 12,695.0 34.80 4,286.4196.17

US Imports from Nepal

The major share of US imports from Nepal in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 73.16% of US total imports from Nepal (73.17% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.07% of US total imports from Nepal (4.70% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.49% of US total imports from Nepal (2.60% in 2014);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.95% of US total imports from Nepal (2.09% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.50% of US total imports from Nepal (1.03% in 2014).

The largest gains in US imports from Nepal in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $918.1 thousand;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - an increase of $824.3 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $707.9 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $647.0 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $277.9 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Nepal in 2015 over the 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $1,536.3 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1,060.9 thousand;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $512.1 thousand;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $383.7 thousand.
US imports from Nepal in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2014
USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5.7 0.01 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17.5 0.02 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8.3 0.01 27.8-70.17
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 29.3 0.03 45.6-35.74
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 213.1 0.23 230.5-7.53
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 13.7 0.01 27.2-49.54
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10.1 0.01 17.2-41.32
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 11.9-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0.0 0.00 4.8-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 47.2 0.05 48.5-2.84
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 287.4 0.31 258.211.31
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 53.7 0.06 44.022.01
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 6.3-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 16.0 0.02 28.3-43.58
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,049.3 3.31 3,561.4-14.38
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 21.9-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 5.4-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 552.6 0.60 398.538.68
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 689.2 0.75 452.452.33
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 27.8 0.03 21.032.28
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7.5 0.01 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 100.1 0.11 66.051.77
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2.6 0.00 16.2-83.90
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,560.9 2.78 2,715.1-5.68
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 120.1 0.13 93.029.16
45 Cork and articles of cork 0.0 0.00 8.3-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 511.8 0.56 463.510.42
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 37.1 0.04 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,587.1 1.72 1,775.4-10.61
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 39.9 0.04 61.0-34.57
50 Silk 4.7 0.01 15.6-69.82
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 190.9 0.21 154.523.55
52 Cotton 7.3 0.01 15.1-51.38
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 3.3 0.00 7.7-56.80
55 Man-made staple fibers 15.6 0.02 19.4-19.61
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,063.8 2.24 1,239.566.50
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 40,184.4 43.65 41,720.6-3.68
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 42.9 0.05 41.24.19
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 115.0 0.12 221.1-47.99
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1.9 0.00 0.6189.74
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,344.4 9.06 7,426.212.36
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 10,350.3 11.24 11,411.2-9.30
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,913.6 4.25 3,205.722.08
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 154.4 0.17 77.1100.14
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,947.4 2.12 1,957.4-0.51
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 8.3 0.01 5.068.33
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 32.5 0.04 29.89.31
69 Ceramic products 37.0 0.04 76.0-51.26
70 Glass and glassware 1,220.5 1.33 1,604.2-23.92
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,797.0 1.95 1,925.7-6.68
73 Articles of iron or steel 18.9 0.02 3.5440.84
74 Copper and articles thereof 332.1 0.36 294.112.90
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15.8 0.02 7.3116.72
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 16.7 0.02 63.2-73.62
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 343.5 0.37 320.27.26
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 39.3 0.04 70.7-44.45
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 104.7 0.11 73.043.31
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 11.0 0.01 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 172.0 0.19 117.146.91
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.9-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 68.0 0.07 88.8-23.41
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 296.7 0.32 114.3159.50
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 964.2 1.05 1,178.2-18.16
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 11.2 0.01 61.8-81.91
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6,188.1 6.72 5,910.24.70
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,048.7 3.31 2,401.726.94
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce